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Yellow Jackets looking for improvement

    BROOKLET — The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (1-2) kick off region play on the road against a tough Swainsboro team tonight at 7:30, and after a tough home loss to Vidalia, SEB coach John Kenny is looking ahead toward playing a region foe.
    “We’re still working on us, still trying to improve, especially on the offensive side of the ball,” he said. “The region games start this week with Swainsboro, and this is where it counts. … The main focus for us is to go on the road and continue to improve. We’ve got to pick up the intensity for region games, but it’s still the same old thing. Play one game at a time,  each rep, each quarter.”
    Having faced three run-based football teams thus far, the spread-out passing offense of the Tigers will be something new.
    Similar to the system Kenny has begun to install in Brooklet, Swainsboro’s offense relies on spreading out the defense and utilizing the pass to put the ball into open space. With a quarterback that is just as effective running the ball as he is spreading it around to his receivers, Kenny knows that the SEB defense will have its hands full.
    “They’ve got a great quarterback that likes to scramble around,” said Kenny. “He throws the ball well on the run — just as well as he does sitting in the pocket. Our biggest key on defense this week is keeping the quarterback in front of us and in the pocket.”
    Keeping the quarterback at home will force him to throw the ball, so the defense will have to rely on coverage in the secondary as well.
    On the offensive side of the ball, SEB will look to answer Swainsboro (2-0) with a similar type of offensive attack.
    With the combination of SEB’s roller-coaster offense and the Tigers’ 50 defense, SEB will look to utilize its running game.     Swainsboro will look to stop the run and force the Yellow Jackets into passing situations, so Kenny will look toward running back Tharon Davis and fullback Deion Evans to get the offense going.
    Shaky at times and still learning a new system, Jacket quarterback Joe Wilson will look to prove himself by putting the ball in the air and spreading it out.
    “(Wilson) is starting to get a grasp of the offense,” said Kenny. “He threw the ball extremely well this week. It’s just like every offense — it takes a little bit longer than the defense. We hope each week he will progress a little bit farther, and the deep ball will come. It’s got to be a weekly improvement by the receivers, by the protection and by Joe.”
    Although region play starts today, Kenny and his staff have not changed their approach. They are preparing the team and keeping it focused as they have each week so far.
    “Our approach stays the same,” Kenny said. “Try to improve each week and get four quarters of great effort. If we’ll do that, we’ll have a chance in the fourth quarter. We’re still working hard in practice and trying to improve.”
    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9404.

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